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Do I have to self-isolate after flying within Canada?

Last Updated Jun 4, 2020 at 2:20 pm PST

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Canadians with COVID-19 symptoms banned from domestic flights

No requirement to self isolate following travel within Canada

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Greg says: “I have to fly to Montreal early next week. Will I be required to self-quarantine there? Would it help if I got a [COVID-19] test here first?”


There are currently no requirements for Canadians to self isolate upon entering Quebec from elsewhere in Canada, but health officials are urging to cancel any non-essential trips within the country.

Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick all require domestic travellers to isolate upon arrival. All travelers entering Canada from abroad are required to self isolate for 14 days.

Quebec has set up checkpoints on its provincial border with Ontario to restrict non-essential travel. It has also restricted travel to some regions within the province but has begun relaxing some of those bans.

Since late March, people showing symptoms of COVID-19 have been banned from domestic airplanes and trains. 

“Obviously, if anyone is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they should not go out, they should stay home, they should not travel,” Trudeau said while announcing the restriction in March. “We are giving further tools to airlines and rail companies to ensure that anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms does not travel.”

Flight passengers are also required to wear non-medical masks while in transit, including at screening checkpoints.

As long as you are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, you will not have to show negative test results to board a train.

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